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Dimanche

December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral

 

Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action

 

Nutcracker Ballet

Tulane’s Dixon Hall, 2p.m.

Its not Christmas without the Nutcracker (final show)

 

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 2:30p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson

 

Soul Rebels

Champions Square, 10a.m.

Saints pregame party

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

The members of this band have been playing together since 1995; $10

 

Jon Roniger

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Folksy blues Americana

 

Lundi

December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON

Mardi

December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show

 

NOFF: Revisiting the Death of Louisiana’s Kingfish in 61 Bullets


“It’s an inherited story,” says Producer Yvonne Boudreaux about the documentary film 61 Bullets. “My great uncle, Dr. Carl Weiss, supposedly, allegedly assassinated Huey P. Long, the Governor and Senator of Louisiana in 1935.”


NOFF: The Last Kamikazes of Metal


By Jason Raymond

Last year filmmakers Biliana and Marina Grozdanova worked as volunteers with the New Orleans Film Festival. This year, the duo returned to NOFF to screen their latest music documentary. The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal follows the story of the Chicago band Hessler. 

 


Film Review: 20,000 Days On Earth


Let me confess that I'm not a fan of Nick Cave's music nor have I read any of his books. I did see and like The Proposition [2006], which he wrote. Does that make a difference when enduring 20,000 Days on Earth? I found myself several times thinking about Pink Floyd, whose music I have known since The Wall.  Would I enjoy watching this film if Roger Waters or David Gilmour had made it and not Nick Cave?


Film Review: Kink


After one dismisses the splash and spank of its BDSM subject matter, James Franco produced Kink is simply a film with structural shortcomings. If you don't know what "BDSM" means, by all means drop the term in a search engine. You may not want to do this at work, with kids around, or at a library. The millions of hits that result demonstrate the popularity of the subject matter, but kink never saves or damns Kink. The way that the film is made does the latter.

 


Film Review: The Vivian Maier Mystery


If fine art has a consistent ancillary joy, it's finding great talent suddenly, in quantity. Five years ago, a number of storage locker hunters discovered photographer Vivian Maier. While the elderly Maier lay dying in a Chicago hospital, her life's work got divided a and auctioned off. Buyers wanted not her art, but her suitcases, clothes, the hope of finding hidden antiques. Maier had been a hoarder for decades. She stashe ad more and more items into storage lockers until she finally couldn't afford the bills. Her mental illness and penury are the only reasons she's now had a career ascent akin to Diane Arbus in the early seventies.


Film Review: Citizen Koch


Let's begin with a simple assertion: Citizen Koch is propaganda. Now the word "propaganda" has developed a pejorative aura.  Decades ago, the word often tag-teamed with the adjective "Soviet."  The incompetent authoritarian regime running the U.S.S.R. created media outlets whose content diverged so far from reality to become national jokes. Wheat yields would be declared record-breaking when collective agriculture failed so miserably malnourishment became epidemic.


NoDef Film Review: Case Against 8


There comes a point after you've seen another terrific documentary when you must wonder the point of reviewing other types of movies. I certainly could go see 22 Jump Street and probably write a bad review. Jonah Hill, after all, appears. He's the fourth guy falling down John Belushi Abyss (Farley, Candy) in my lifetime. And you would go see it anyway. The whole exercise is repetitive, expensive, pointless and frustrating - like American foreign policy. With The Case Against 8, however, we have things to discuss. 


Today in New Orleans 2.09.14


Today, Champion Square is full of king cakes, live music, and family friendly activities for kids. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is playing at Anthony Bean Community Theater, and Shotgun Cinema is screening Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about the only instance of an American Mayor bombing his own city. On this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the confederate states. Now, more to do this Sunday. 


American Courtesans

Filmmaker & Sex Worker Talks Documentary Filmed Partially in NOLA



American Courtesans tackles the sex industry from the workers' perspective, offering a diverse range of experiences. The documentary was filmed in New Orleans, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and a number of undisclosed locations.


'Shell Shocked' Doc Tackles NOLA Murder From Kids' Perspective


While many locals are enjoying New Orleans' growing economy and post-K resilience, entire communities still live in fear of violent crime. Last year alone, 193 people were murdered in the GNO, a number that seems incongruent with all of the rhetoric surrounding the city's recovery after The Storm. Shell Shocked: A Documentary about Growing Up in the Murder Capital of America, explores the city's notorious murder rate from the perspective of the children that live with it.


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock